APOD: Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star... (2016 May 10)

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APOD: Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star... (2016 May 10)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue May 10, 2016 4:06 am

Image Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star Clouds

Explanation: Planets, stars, nebulas and a galaxy -- this impressive image has them all. Closest to home are the two planets Mars (right) and Saturn (center), visible as the two bright orange spots in the upper half of the featured image. On the central right are the colorful Rho Ophiuchus star clouds featuring the bright orange star Antares lined up below Mars. These interstellar clouds contain both red emission nebulas and blue reflection nebulas. At the top right of the image is the Blue Horsehead reflection nebula. On the lower left are many dark absorption nebulas that extend from the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. The featured deep composite was composed of multiple deep exposures taken last month from Brazil. Although you need a telescope to see the nebulosities, Saturn and Mars will remain visible to the unaided eye this month toward the east, just after sunset.

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Re: APOD: Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star... (2016 May 10)

Post by Ann » Tue May 10, 2016 5:32 am

Nice! :D Mars is competing with the Rival of Mars (and beating it), while Saturn may just have been thrown off the Blue Horse!

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Re: APOD: Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star... (2016 May 10)

Post by Boomer12k » Tue May 10, 2016 6:38 am

In other pix with more detail the Blue Horsehead, looks more like a Greyhound head... probably just me...

This is a very nice shot of all concerned...

I would get out, but too pooped tonight....
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Re: APOD: Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star... (2016 May 10)

Post by deepskyfan » Tue May 10, 2016 1:34 pm

Are these nebulae connected or is Rho Oph nebular complex a foreground object? From this image it appears there are dust streamers connecting all these. Size estimate? M4 and M9 are far more distant than Antares. How far? What is the approximate depth of this field image for the objects named? Beautiful image!